Plucking a royal

LONDON - About 250 geese due to be sold in Britain over the Christmas period by Prince Charles's Duchy Originals food brand have been stolen from the company's supplier, its spokesman said on Wednesday.

LONDON - About 250 geese due to be sold in Britain over the Christmas period by Prince Charles's Duchy Originals food brand have been stolen from the company's supplier, its spokesman said on Wednesday.

Thieves reportedly set fire to a barn which housed about 800 ducklings after breaking into the farm near Okehampton, in Devon, on November 30.

It is now "unlikely" that Duchy Originals will be able to supply any organic geese to customers over the Christian holiday season, a spokesman said, describing it as a "heartbreaking incident".

Prince Charles has written to the owners of the farm, Rona and Nevil Amiss, expressing sympathy following the theft, Rona Amiss was quoted as saying.

"I don't understand how anybody could commit such a despicable, evil act," she said. "We woke at 4am to find the barn on fire - there was very little we could do by then." - Sapa-AFP

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